What you can recycle
Remember to make sure items for recycling are:
- Clean: free from food and drink leftovers - this will also help to stop your bin from smelling
- Dry: keep your recycling bin lid shut - soggy paper and cardboard can't be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted
- Loose: not tied up in plastic bags
- Squashed flat: you can then get more in your bin and we can get more into our recycling collection vehicles and make fewer trips
Find out what you can (and can't) recycle:
- Smaller plastic bottle tops: such as squash or water bottle lids and milk bottle lids - these lids can't be recycled by us (we can take the plastic bottles though)
- Larger plastic jar or tin lids: such as coffee jar lids or coffee tin lids - these lids can be recycled by us - please put them loose in your bin (not on the jar or tin)
Fat, oil and grease are 'unflushables' and the scourge of our drains:
- Let fat cool down until it is solid, wrap it up and put it in with your rubbish.
- Pour any used oil (once cool) into a container and take it to your local tip (Household Waste Recycling Sites or HWRS) where it can be recycled.
- Wipe residual oil out of frying pans or oven trays with a paper towel and put it in with your rubbish.
- Even if you try and break down oil and grease with soap and hot water, it can re-solidify once it cools down blocking drains and sewers.
To avoid blocking your drains, follow Southern Water's advice on:
- How to deal with cooking fat, oil and grease - on the Southern Water website
- What not to flush away - 'Bag it and Bin it' campaign - on the Southern Water website
- The Unflushables (eg items such as wipes, nappies and cotton buds and others) - on the Southern Water website
To find out how to dispose of any item please view Recycle for West Sussex's Recycling A to Z.
Have you considered donating unwanted items to charity (clothing, furniture, books, CDs, DVDs, etc)?
Small changes can make a difference and if every household in Adur and Worthing recycled ...
- 1 additional squash bottle per week the Council could save over £13,000 per year. These can be recycled into: bin liners, carrier bags, plastic bottles, flooring & window frames, insulation board, fencing & garden furniture, water butts, garden sheds, composters, seed trays, fleeces, fibre filling for duvets, pillows etc and a variety of office accessories
- 1 extra cola can per week, in one year could save over £7,000 on landfill tax
- Recycling just one extra wine bottle per month would save over £26,000. These can be recycled into new bottles and jars or used for road surfaces
- Aluminium foil, trays and aerosols are recycled into new cans and car parts
There is an ultimate cost of tax passed on to the council tax payer for every tonne of waste which goes to landfill. The benefit of diverting the expected tonnages of materials will avoid disposal fees over the coming years, money which could be used to provide benefits to the community.
Contact Recycling, Refuse and Waste
Recycling, Refuse and Waste
Adur & Worthing Council Services,
9 Commerce Way,
Lancing Business Park,
Recycling, Refuse and Waste
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Page last updated: 24 November 2020